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Day 01 Kuala Lumpur/Taiping/Maxwell Hills                 (L/D)

Pick up at KLIA or at your pick up point, drive to Taiping, approximately 280km, 3 hours journey north from Kuala Lumpur. Upon arrival at Maxwell Hill foothill, take the pre-booked jeep up to the hill station

Jeep ride starts from 8.30am, and the 13km journey from the base to the top hill station, using Land Rovers which takes around 30 minutes journey up, at every 2 hours and totally 4 trips per day. The last trip uphill from Saturday to Thursday is 2.30pm.  Occassionaly the jeep stops at the mid journey at the Tea Garden, for another vehicle crossing. You can only spend 2 hours and the waiting jeeps will pick you up at exact depart time. On Fridays, due to the Friday prayers, there are only 3 trips and it starts as usual at 8.30am, but you are given only 1hr 30mins to spend uphill. The last trip up hill on Friday is at 3.00pm to 4.30pm. If you need more time to enjoy the hill station, you better book a hotel for a night at least a month in advance due to limited hotels.

After check in, and refresh. Have lunch at the booked hotel. After lunch, proceed for the free and easy leisure. 

Bukit Larut, formerly known as Maxwell Hill (but still often referred to by its latter name), is a hill resort located 10km from Taiping, Perak, Malaysia. It is the first and the oldest hill resort in Malaysia, founded in 1884.

It is approximately 1250m above sea level which receives the highest rainfall in Malaysia because it is located in the wettest part of the country. It was named after William George Maxwell, who was the British Assistant Resident in Perak. He found this location, with its cool climate and splendid views, at over 1000m above sea level in the hills overlooking the town of Taiping. In 1910, the hill resort was gazetted as a permanent forest reserve.

Not as developed as other hill resorts, Bukit Larut retains a colonial atmosphere with its quaint bungalows and English gardens.

Access is available only by government owned resort authority's transport private vehicles are not allowed without a permit although people are free to walk up the hill as many do for exercise reaching the peak can take up to 3–5 hours. The 13 km journey from the base to the top of Bukit Larut using Land Rovers takes around 30 minutes. 

Upon arrival, check in at the Cendana Hut rooms. They have water heater facilities and they have a Cendana Cafe for you to order your meals. Cendana Hut is also where the Tulips are grown. It also has nice balcony where you can have your meal with a good panorama view of Taiping! The place is not very big, so it all just about rest and relaxation.

Whenever it is in season, throngs of tourist would jam pack the area. If you want to stay around this time, book your accommodations in advance.

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With daily temperatures of 10 to 25 degrees Celsius,it is indeed an ideal destination for those wanting to escape from the heat and humidity of Malaysia’s lowlands. Although it is the smallest hill compared to other hill resorts in the country, it preserves much more of the atmosphere of a colonial hill station and offers a natural peaceful and quiet sanctuary for weary souls. There are no swanky or five-star hotels available, accommodation is modest but nonetheless comfortable and cozy with a number of welcoming bungalows and rest houses, some of which were built almost a century ago, like the Sri Kayangan and Angkasa is only for VIPs. The rest are for public booking namely Bukit Larut Rest house, Beringin Bungalow, Tempinis Bungalow, Gunung Hijau Bungalow, Permai View Bungalow and the Cendana Bungalow. It still retains its colonial origins with its old bungalows and gardens. 

It still retains its colonial origins with its old bungalows and gardens. This hill is ideal for birdwatchers and nature lovers, as the area provides a welcoming environment for the local wildlife.

Start your curiousity stroll with the small Park and Playground. Nature lovers will really like the variety of trees here. It’s cool enough to get pine trees and other similar species. Sometimes, the occasional mist will roll in and it looks like you’re not even in Malaysia anymore. Next, walk to the Hanging Bridge And Lookout Post at Maxwell Hill. It doesn’t take that long to walk the length of this bridge but there are some good views and photo opportunities here! And don’t forget to check out the Lookout Tower nearby, where you see the recreational of Bukit Larut ! Take a short walk from the hanging bridge to a spot where you can see the beautiful landscape of Taiping town and even the estuary/sea on clear days. 

If you are a tea or coffee addict, walk to the Teas House/Café, which serves cakes, pastries and cookies with hot tea/coffee, unfortunately, they don’t serve much. More importantly though, there is a toilet behind the cafe. It’s also the only public one we are aware of. If you are a day trip tourist, alternatively, you can pack your own food and picnic (as long as you clean up after). There are a couple of benches and picnic tables scattered around the hilltop that you can use. 

It gets slightly dark by 6.30pm. Return to your room, refresh and have dinner by 7.30pm

Day 02 Maxwell Hills/Taiping (B/L)

After an early breakfast, go for Bird Watching and jungle trekking. Take a pair of binoculars or some zoom lens and scope out some birds! This hill is ideal for birdwatchers and nature lovers, as the area provides a welcoming environment for the local wildlife. you could try the Gunung Hijau Trail which circles Gunung Hijau as it nears the summit as you can spot some unique birds too. Definitely it is a lot of healthy walking around here! Admire the flowers along the treks, depending on the season you go, you may see daisies, pansies, marigold, roses, dahlias, petunias, and sunflowers.

Return to the hotel before check out time, refresh, pack up to catch up the afternoon jeep for return downhill journey.

Upon arriving foothill, our representative will pick you up and drive you along the Colonial Lake and garden town in Taiping before check in to hotel. 

This beautiful Taiping Lake Gardens lay at the center of the town, nestled right below Bukit Larut foothill. It comprise of West Lake, South Lake, Jungle Lake, and a number of smaller ponds and little islands linked by footpaths and decorative bridges. At night, some come alive with lights. 

All the ponds and lakes of Taiping Lake Gardens were once a tin mining quarry site date back to 1884 (the same year botanist Charles Curtis created Penang Botanical Gardens) and occupy a former 60-plus hectare site that once housed some of Perak’s famous tin mines. It was donated by the wealthy tin miner and rubber planter Chung Keng Quee, and landscaped as Taiping Lake Gardens under the direction of British town planner Charles Compton Raede. The place maintains the beauty of its origins, and it’s evergreen, given Taiping’s favourable rainy climate.

In 2019, before the world changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Taiping was also awarded the third spot as “World’s Most Liveable City” behind Ljubljana and Vancouver at the sustainable top 100 Destination Awards at the International Tourismus-Börse (ITB) travel trade show in Berlin.

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Taiping Lake Gardens are better visited on foot. There is ample and free parking around Pekeliling road, so park your vehicle and start walking and enjoying these beautiful grounds. Walk to the main part of the of West Lake’s southern coast is flanked by Pekeliling Street filled with magnificent rain trees, many older than 100 years, with long branches that extend all the way to the water. It’s a very peaceful and scenic area for both walkers and joggers, and a perfect place to relax on some nice benches provided by the town council of Taiping to sit on and chill. You may buy an ice cream off one of the sellers that come here at the busiest times of the day when the temperature is cooler and joggers and locals come here to enjoy the peace and calmness.

The biggest pond in the Gardens is certainly the West Lake, which also includes Turtle Point and Lotus Bay, and two floating islets to its northern side called Scotts and Duck islands.


You could scuttle all the way from the West Lake to the Zig Zag bridge on the other end of the Lake Gardens, the northern fringe of Taiping Lake Gardens on the Alamanda Pond, is one quirky attraction. You may wonder why it’s been built in this most peculiar shape, but it definitely makes for a different spot to hang out. Its covered pavillion is a perfect spot to relax when it’s too hot and observe what’s going on in the surrounding water. 

Follow Jalan Pekeliling all around the perimeter of the lakes, you’ll end up at the first notable bridge, the Chinese Bridge has architectural motifs that remember a Chinese Pavillion with gilded red pillars. From there, you can see the bottom of the West Lake to your left-hand side, and the beginning of the South Lake to your right. As swimming is prohibited at Taiping Lake Gardens, the best thing to do is to rent a paddle boat and strike off around West Lake and its islets. The red bridge is Taiping Lake Garden’s most central, set over the Swan Lake and on the  right the West Lake, contrasting against the viridian backdrop is the Bukit Larut, a nice view for photoshots.

Taiping Lake Gardens are a big natural playground for a bunch of Malaysian animals like the monitor lizard and the endangered dusky leaf white-spectacled little monkeys. They have white fur on their mouth, too, that make them look like real cuties. Look up in the trees and see if you can spot some.

After soaked with memories of the lake gardens, move on to Taiping town. The view of Maxwell Hill is visible around the vicinity of Taiping town.

Day 03 Taiping Heritage Tour (B)

Start the day with the Taiping museum, the oldest and the first in Malaysia, founded in 1883 and housed in a fine heritage building opposite Taiping Gaol. It started out as a repository for a vast collection of ethnological, anthropological and zoological items curated during Sir Hugh Low’s tenure as Resident of Perak (1877 - 1889). It has a complete skeletons of an elephant and a tiger among others. The exhibit of the Bull elephant’s skull which derailed a train at Telok Anson in 1894. (Continue with .... heritage of Taiping)

After a long day of adventuring the entire slogan 'First of the First' of it's heritage, have dinner and return to hotel. Overnight in Taiping.

Day 04 Taiping township/Zoo (B)

Pack up your luggage before going down for breakfast. After breakfast, request the front desk for an hour extension to check at 1.00pm. Proceed for the Zoo.

The Taiping Zoo is a zoological park located at Bukit Larut, Taiping, Perak, established in 1961, is the only zoo in northern Malaysia. It is one of the major zoological parks in Malaysia. It covers 36 acres (15 ha) and exhibits 1300 animals representing 180 species of amphibians, mammals, and reptiles. In 2003, the zoo established a night safari, opening again at nighttime hours.

The zoo has a collection of 1500 animals from 140 species. It also houses the largest number of stump-tailed macaques in Malaysia, which is thirteen, compared to six at Zoo Negara and five at Malacca Zoo. It also has an interesting Night Safari with knowledgeable guides and it’s a great place to bring your kids.

This menagerie enjoys a scenic location at the Taiping Lake Gardens and is positioned right at the foot of the Maxwell or Larut hill. The wildlife here comprises Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Hippopotamus, Giraffes, Hornbills, OrangUtans, Malaysian Tiger, Lion, Siamang, Deer, Nilgai, Night Heron, and a lot more. This zoo also features some open-air animal enclosures throughout the night safari where the visitors can catch a glimpse of some nocturnal animals that are displayed using artificial moon-light. Besides the beautiful surrounding and sceneries of the zoo, most admirably the animals are well taken care of. 

After enjoying the zoo, return to the hotel for a quick wash, and head on for your onward destination. 

Heritage of Taiping 

Start the day with the Taiping museum, the oldest and the first in Malaysia, founded in 1883 and housed in a fine heritage building opposite Taiping Gaol. It started out as a repository for a vast collection of ethnological, anthropological and zoological items curated during Sir Hugh Low’s tenure as Resident of Perak (1877 - 1889). It has a complete skeletons of an elephant and a tiger among others.  The exhibit of the Bull elephant’s skull which derailed a train at Telok Anson in 1894.

There are many sections in the museum namely the Nature Gallery, Culture Gallery, Indigenous People Gallery, Temporary Gallery, Outdoor Exhibits, Gift shops and the Verdict.


The Taiping Clock Tower is an iconic landmark of Taiping, a history, architecture, and photography aficionados. It was originally constructed as a wooden building in 1881, and served as the first police station in Taiping and in what would have been Taiping’s main square. It was popularly known as The Fort among locals. It was later rebuilt in 1891 as a fortified stone building. In 1908, the building began to serve a dual purpose, that of Taiping’s police station, as well as its fire station, considered to be the very first fire brigade in the Federated Malay States. The clock tower itself, a fortified tower with chambered slits for gun slots was most probably erected much later. A wind vane in the shape of a rooster sat at the peak of the tower. The Clock Tower continued to serve as a police station till it was abandoned in 1950. In 2018 restoration works were completed and the clock began chiming again after a 10-year silence. Not to be missed is the red phone booth just outside the tower, the only one of its kind still in its original location in Taiping. The Clock Tower served as the main Tourist Information Center in Taiping in the days preceding the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia. It is now temporarily closed to the public. 


The Magistrate Court, set up by Capt. T.C.S. Speedy, who also acted as the magistrate. A timber building with attap roof was set up in 1874, at the same place where the present  court building stands.


Railways station from Taiping to Port Weld. In 1885, the construction began from the grounds of the present King Edward School, and later shifted to the present site in 1900. This railway track has been closed from the late 1950s. Port Weld is now known as ‘Kuala Sepetang’.


Prison, was set up by Capt. Speedy in 1879. A timber building with fencing all around. Prisoners were handcuff or their legs would be chained to cement concrete slabs. It is still at the same place where the present prison stands.


Government Hospital was set up in 1880. The entrance to the hospital was along Station Road. Yeng Wah Hospital (1880) was set up by the Chinese Mining Community. There were also small hospitals called as the Prison and Police Hospitals. The government hospital was run by one Thomas Prendergast, a qualified ‘Apothecary’ and his title was Sub-Assistant Surgeon. The two hospitals came to be one later.


The Esplanade built in 1890, was an open ground. Used for functions like Marching and Processions. First initiated by Col. Robert S.F. Walker, as he was the Commandant of the Police and Military Force.


British Residency was built in 1874. The First Assistant Resident was Capt. T.C.S. Speedy. At the beginning he was in Matang, then moved to Taiping, when he became the Assistant Resident. He was first employed by Menteri Ngah Ibrahim.


State Raja Rest House was built in 1895, at the entrance of Lake Garden, from Kota Road. It was used by the Sultans and the Raja Muda of Perak. Demolished in 1970, now it is a public car park. 


Post Office & Telegraph was built in 1884. It was a timber building, then a concrete building built in 1900. Situated at the far end of the Barrack Road.


Golf Course established in 1894. It was the first in the country, 9 hole in the Lake Gardens. Exclusively for the high ranking British Officers, and later only the Europeans were allowed to play the game. The Asians played golf only after the Japanese War period. One of the first player was Dr. Lim Swee Aun of Taiping.


British Residents was built in 1879. The Residency used to be at Kuala Kangsar, then later moved to Taiping, at the Lake Gardens.


Rest House was built in 1894, in front of the King Edward School, Station Road. Now known as Hotel Lagenda. 


The Government Offices Building was structured in 1892. Building work started in 1892 and completed in 1896, at Kota Road. Built by Caulfield, F.I.S.O the State Engineer.


Chinese Association was established in 1858, the history has it the association were formed according to their clans ancientry. The first known is ‘The Khoo Kongsi’ (1858) in the Tupai-Coronation roads junction, Nine Emperor Gods. The ‘Tseng Lung’ Accociation in 1887, The Hokkian Association (1918). There are many associations in Taiping, started as early from the beginning of the Larut Wars, but the name and dates are difficult to be ascertained. One of the oldest is in front of Taiping Prisons, along the main roads, where the victims of the Larut Wars are buried. Some grave stones are seen till today.


Maxwell Hill Resorts was planned in 1888 and started when William E. Maxwell was the British Resident at 1250 metres above sea level. The temperature varies from 15 Celsius to 25 Celsius during the day. Now called as ‘Bukit Larut’ renamed in the year 1978. In the early years, British officers and wives were carried up to the hills using sedan chairs or rattan baskets by Indian workers.


Lake Gardens was structured in 1880, still in the same place. A rich mining area that has been depleted of tin and abandoned. The vision of one man (Col. E.S.F Walker) to restore dignity to the land, and he did it, with the help of his police force, during his free time. The vibrant beauty of the land remains till today, and enjoyed by Taiping folks.


Indian Association was situated at the main road, first established in 1896, and officially opened in 1906. Founder member who donated the building is Shaik Nunammer Shah. He was a Apothecary and also a planter, who came from South India. All those who came from India irrespective of their religion, were generally called as Indians. The early presidents were Dr. Mohamad Ghows, Louis Thivy, Kher Singh, Seenivagasam Pillai, Muthukaruppan Chettiar and R. Manacksha. During the Japanese occupation, the Indian Freedom Fighter, Subash Chandra Bose, was invited by the Tamil Leader Muthu Ramalingam Pillai to address the Indians, at the Association. The I.A. was accorded the privilege and honour, for having opened by the H.H. the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Iskandar Shah in the year 1925.


Food market -Siang Malam

The Commonwealth War Grave was erected in 1945, situated on the way to Bukit Larut (The Waterfall Road). This grave is a good tourist attraction, a good number of visitors come from overseas to visit their loved ones whose names are on the stones.

“We have hosted several memorials here over the years – including a visit in 2017 by the then His Royal Highness Prince Charles, but our annual remembrance event usually takes place in Kuala Lumpur. 


St. George, also popularly referred to as St. George’s Institution (its name upon founding), is one of the oldest schools in Taiping, and Malaysia, having stood for over a century. The school is a public secondary school (high school) and teaches pupils from Forms 1 to 6. Students from Forms 1 to 5 are all boys, while Form 6 education is inclusive of girls. 


Tamil School was established in 1918. The school building is known as Young Men Hindu Association (YMHA). Situated at the Upper Station Road. The pioneer was Dr. A. Viswalingam. Tamil education was started in the estates as early as 1906, at the time the Rump Labour Code began, and largely left on their own initiative. 


Wet market 

Free-standing non-religious market

English School was established in 1883. It was earlier known as the Central School, at the main road near the hospital. First headmaster C. Greene 1895-1905 and later named the King Edward VII School in 1904. Started with 13 students the first year, second year 38 students.

English School Teachers Training 1907, for the Malay States, Normal Trained Teachers, started at the King Edward School, Taiping, by R.F. Stainer, who was the Principal of the school from 1905-1921. 


Convent Taiping is an all-girls school located on Convent Lane in Kota, Taiping. In 1899, established the first convent school at Kelian Pauh, Taiping.  In 1931 the Kelian Pauh Convent was shifted to the town centre at Convent Lane, Kota and this institution was renamed to Convent Kota. The convent nuns conducted classes for the masses and an orphanage for the unwanted children. The present buildings for secondary school dated back to 1938, with expansion of building blocks and situated next to the St. Louis Church. 


Taiping Market was built in 1884, from the main road extending to the Kota Road. Fish, vegetables and meat are sold there. There is also a specially built Water Fountain by the tin miner Ng Boo Bee in 1905 inside the market. Now it has been removed. Other business activities were selling provisions, liquors, salted fish and many consumer goods. There are two building blocks, one built in 1874 and the other in 1875 across the main road was the largest free-standing non-religious wood-and-cast iron structure in the country. It is also famous for its array of dishes and is a hangout for the young and old, day and night. In fact, the market has been a focal point for the locals since it was built in 1874-1875.

Recently the market needed a reshape and will be conserved and not demolished, and be treated like any other heritage building.

It was projected and took two years starting December 2020 till 2022, as agreed, the façade of the building remained. All structural work will be based on the original design while the facilities for the traders will be based on today’s demands.


Treacher Methodist Girls School or The Lady Treacher Girls’ School was the first English girls’ school in the Federated Malay States and was established in 1889 in Taiping, Perak. Its first name was English Government Girls’ School. The school’s establishment was devoted to Lady Treacher who was the wife of the then British Resident of Perak, Sir William Hood Treacher


The New Clock Tower, or Retro Clock Tower, popularly known among Taipingites,as Halaman Pasar), located at the entrance to the Market Square and is a major landmark in the city. 

The site where the tower stands was originally the site of a very large and ornate cast iron fountain, donated by Ng Boo Bee. This fountain was relocated when this clock tower was built, and is now at the Lotus Pond in the Taiping Lake Gardens.


The Perak Club

The New Club

Hindu Temple was built in 1895, known as Lord Subramaniam at the foot of Maxwell Hill (Larut Hill), but later shifted to the present site at Kota Road junction. Owned by the Chettiars Community. Shifted in the year 1928.


The New Club was originally a social club founded in 1885. In 1890, the existing Perak Club disenfranchised some members when the British Resident Sir Hugh Low decided to limit membership to the Perak Club only to senior officers and miners. This irked members from other trades and some senior members of the Perak Club, who left and formed the New Club in 1892. The New Club’s membership was open to government officers, farmers, miners, and foreign businessmen. It quickly became a focal point of social interaction in Taiping as it accepted a wider membership. A plot of land was granted to the New Club by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Idris Shah in perpetuity, as long as the name “New Club” is retained. A golf course and the original building of the clubhouse was completed in 1894, consisted of a reading room, billiard room, card room, a large dining room, five residential chambers, and a croquet pitch. The site of this building was on an elevated plain overlooking the Esplanade. Across the Esplanade was the clubhouse of the Perak Club. A friendly rivalry started between the New Club and the Perak Club members, which was often played out on the Esplanade, the field separating the New Club and Perak Club buildings. The main sporting activity of New Club members was golf.

The New Club is credited as having the first golf club in the Malay States as well as having the first golf course, and the second in Southeast Asia. Both the Perak Club and New Club were exclusively patronised by the British until the late 1940s.

During World War II, the club temporarily ceased operations, and reopened on 20 November 1945, now under the administration of the Indian Gymkhana Club. (The Indian Gymkhana Club was a social club formed by government officers and workers of the British Raj in India in 1916).


Taiping Airport or Aerodrome built in the year 1940-1941. There was an air trip in the place about the year 1939. During the Japanese War, it was fully developed by the Japanese Military Officers, with the help of the local people. The Japanese Military used it fully. Two Asian Leaders, President Sukarno and his Vice-President Dr. Mohamad Hatta, arrived at this airport in the year 1945 to discuss political matters with the local leaders, they arrived in the Japanese War Plane. The other leader was ‘The Freedom Fighter of India’ Subash Chandra Bose in 1944, by a Japanese plane, and met a local Tamil leader, to discuss the formation of the Indian National Army.


Heritage that no longer exist/No pictures found.

European Club started in 1885, now known as the Taiping Club. This was an attap hut, then re-named as the New Club in 1894, situated at the entrance of Lake Garden. The first President was H.A.W. Alybery. (Now merged with the New Club)

Cricket Club was established 1881 and it was the first Cricket Club to be formed in the Malay State, and it was founded in Taiping. It was also called as the (Perak Club.) The members were all Europeans, and their teams played at Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.(Merged with the New club)

Horse Racing was established in 1885, at the old race course road, near Kelian Pauh, (this place has been taken over by school buildings.) Chung Ah Yong, was the first owner of race-horses in Taiping, who employed an European to take care of the horses.

Soccer Game was established (Football team) in 1890, and the first person to organize a team was Col. R.S.F. Walker and the players were his men. Other teams came from Kuala Kangsar, Matang, Telok Anson and Batu Gajah.(Now merged with Football teams)

Malay School was established in 1900. About this year there was a significant Malay population in the Kota area, Malay education was left to their own initiative, and according to the elders, there was a classroom building at the Kota-Main Road junction. The English showed interest to give the Malays, English education especially to the elite class of Malays, as early as 1905. (Part of King Edward school)

Readlia School was established in 1932. This was a Private English School, started by Andrew S. Read, and named it as ‘Readlia’, situated at the main road, opposite the hospital, the building is still seen at the same place. This was the first private school in Taiping. (Was part of the King Edward School)

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